OCR today announced the re-grading of some of its exams taken last summer and reassured students, teachers and parents that exams being taken this year will not be affected.
A total of 98 GCSE, 285 AS and 50 A Level results have been revised upwards following re-marking. All schools with students affected have been informed and OCR has reviewed all of its 2013 examinations and uncovered no further problems.
Mark Dawe, OCR Chief Executive, said: “On behalf of OCR, I apologise unreservedly to the students, parents and teachers affected. I would like to reassure students taking their exams with OCR this summer that due to the rigorous new measures we now have in place, these issues cannot occur again.
“We have conducted extensive investigations into what went wrong. With the help of our most senior examiners, we reviewed all the relevant papers from last summer’s exams and increased marks on a tiny percentage of papers as a result. Although these changes represent less than 0.03% of the results we issued, we are continually improving our processes to drive down the incidence of marking mistakes.”
The re-grades are necessary to correct mistakes identified by OCR in the marking of four GCE History and English units, and in the use of an incorrect code on a limited number of exam papers. These were the result of human and process error by a minority of examiners during the transition to online marking. The examiners involved will no longer work for OCR.
New and enhanced marker monitoring is one of the improvements OCR has introduced for the summer 2014 exams and additional analysis will be undertaken at the end of the marking process. OCR is reviewing and strengthening its processes for standardising examiners and clearing them to mark, and remains vigilant to the concerns of schools on this key issue.